The Relationship between Globality and Stateness: Some Sociological Reflections

  • Andrea Borghini
Part of the Europe in a Global Context book series (EGC)


This chapter offers a theoretical perspective dealing with the centrality of the study of the State in the social sciences, specifically sociology. I discuss the State or, better yet, the issue of stateness. In my opinion, the second term, which was introduced into the debate by Nettl (1968), is preferable to the first because it better represents the indistinct and blurred boundaries, the not entirely defined nature and the transformation of the State. It therefore seems better adapted to the times that we are traversing and the goal of my contribution; as well as to avoiding the risk that many commentators might be subject to reify the State.


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  • Andrea Borghini
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  1. 1.Università di PisaPisaItaly

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